I Look Up and Rejoice

Psalm 5v3I have put my trust in God; I look up and rejoice.
To tell of all His praise, I gladly lift my voice.
For He is my Defense, my Comforter, my Guide,
My Shelter from the enemy; in Him I shall abide.

Quatrain based on Psalm 5
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2017

 

Flee As a Bird ~ Psalm 11

Flee as a bird

In the LORD put I my trust.
How say ye to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?  

Psalm 11:1

This verse is particularly applicable to my marriage and the counsel I’ve received lately on that subject. One counselor in particular has schooled me in all the reasons I have to leave my husband (i.e. flee to my mountain). Are the reasons legitimate? Yes, but I refuse to listen, for I have put my trust in the Lord, not in my husband.

My husband has failed me, and he will fail me again. I too have failed him and will do so yet again. We don’t fail because we want to; we fail because we are flawed human beings. But God is not like us. He is perfect, sinless, holy, righteous, faithful, and true. He cares about our marriage because He created it. I can trust Him with every part of my life, including my marriage, for He is working all things together for my good and His glory. If you were to read the pages of my journal, you would see me coming back to this same truth over and over again. Perhaps I sound like a broken record, but I need to hear it repeatedly because I tend to forget.

Dear reader, if you are married, chances are you have also felt like quitting on your marriage, or you do now, or you will eventually. Maintaining a strong and fulfilling marriage takes hard work. I can’t speak for everyone, but as for me, I had no earthly idea what I was getting into when I got married. But the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. Conflict creates interest, as long as it doesn’t become the focus.

If you are unhappy in your marriage, perhaps it’s because you expect your spouse to make you happy. That is an unfair and selfish demand. Only Christ can fully, deeply, richly satisfy. I pray it does not take you as long to learn that as it did me.

I was going to keep this one to myself, but the Holy Spirit urged me to share, for He knows what needs are out there. I am not a marriage counselor, just someone who wants to encourage others to keep pressing on in the things that matter.

Written July 1, 2017
Photo taken on Skyline Drive, Virginia, 2014

 

How Excellent ~ Psalm 8

How Excellent

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!
When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, 
the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; 
What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? 
and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? 
For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, 
and hast crowned him with glory and honor. 
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; 
Thou hast put all things under his feet: 
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 
The fowl of the air, 
and the fish of the sea, 
and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!

from Psalm 8

Photo taken in Pensacola, Florida, 2017

I Will Look Up ~ Psalm 5

Psalm 5v3

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God:
for unto Thee will I pray.

My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O LORD; 
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, 
and will look up. 

For Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:
neither shall evil dwell with Thee.
The foolish shall not stand in Thy sight: Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing:
the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy:
and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple.

Lead me, O LORD, in Thy righteousness because of my enemies;
make Thy way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
their inward part is very wickedness;
their throat is an open sepulcher;
they flatter with their tongue.
Destroy thou them, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
for they have rebelled against Thee.

But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice:
let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them:
let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous;
with favor wilt Thou compass him as with a shield.

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The Lifter Up of My Head ~ Psalm 3

Psalm 3

LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be who say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah.
But You, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for You have smitten all my enemies upon the cheek bone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs unto the LORD: Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah.

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